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Alana Ackerson

CI Investment Partner

Dr. Alana Ackerson is a technology entrepreneur and investor and is currently an investment partner with Connecticut Innovations. Alana was previously founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group’s subsidiary HQ Digital; co-founder of Figure, a multi-billion dollar fintech company; and co-founder of Provenance Blockchain, the leading public Layer 1 for real-world assets. As CEO of the Thiel Foundation, Alana led the organization’s efforts to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and promote scientific and technological innovation. She currently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Alana received a B.A. with honors in science, technology, and society from Stanford University, an M.A. in philosophical and systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and a doctorate of ministry with a focus on technology and faith from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

interesting facts
  • Favorite hobbies: Stand-up comedy and wine making
  • Favorite place: Kauai
  • Favorite food: Tapas
best advice given

“If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.”